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GMC Yukon How long can they last?

mtngrl05mtngrl05 Posts: 2
Just wondering if anyone has any Yukons out there with high miles that are still going strong.


  • kimdvm1kimdvm1 Posts: 37
    I have a 2000 Yukon Denali (the last year that Denalis were made with a true 4WD like the Yukon) that I purchased in 1999 and it has 185,000 miles, still going strong.

    My total service costs over those 8 years has been about $4000. Sure there are times where several things go wrong at once but then I might have a year without a repair bill.

    I am looking to replace it now; I have a 40-mile commute to work and I am the revenue producer at my office, so I can't afford to break down on the way to work.

    This vehicle used to occasionally tow a heavy camper. I also have to admit it is driven pretty hard, not conservatively, so I am thrilled with it. We use the 4WD in the winter or in wet conditions. Now that it has more miles, it might use a quart of oil between the oil changes (which I get every 5000 miles). Still no tranny leaks, no 4WD problems.
  • mtngrl05mtngrl05 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply. My 2002 has 118000 on it. It rides so nice though and looks pretty new. I want to get the Denali eventually, but I do not like the new Denali style (I think they changed it this year?), so I will def get one a few years old. :D
  • I have a 1999 Yukon and I have cranked the torion bars and put some good tires on it and I wheel the livin hell out of it, it has 160,000 miles and runs great! I have had to spend like 1500.00 on maintenance but it was just standard stuff like fuel pump etc. you get that with any vehicle. I do want to buy a newer one though, but just cause I want a newer one.
  • el1rodel1rod Posts: 1
    Has anyone out there heard of a recall from GMC on the fuel pumps? Mine just went out and the parts attendant told me that GMC had done a recall on the fuel pumps, but I never received any kind of notice.
  • I have a 2001 denali with just over 100,000 miles. The problems I've had were minor in comparison to newer models.
    I had the steering box replaced because it was making a whining noise and an emission part not sure what it was but it has been a great car for us. We will probably keep it for a couple more years.
  • I have a 1995 2 door. Most mechanics say that can't believe how great of shape it's in. I don't have near the mileage of the others on here, only 130, 000 +. I have spent a couple thousand replacing old/worn parts i.e. my ac compressor and radiator lasted up until this year. Made better than the junk produced to today, I will replace and repair as long as I can before buying newer.
  • A co-worker of mine just sold his 2001 Denali XL with just over 307,000 miles on it. His major complaint at the time of sale was that the sunroof stopped working! He's a resident engineer driving up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
  • qnessqness Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 Yukon XL Denali that has just over 130,000 miles. I love the vehicle. It has taken basic maintainence--brakes, oil, tires, and a couple of years ago about $3000 in repairs. Other than that it's great.
    But just came looking for some info on starting problems. I've had it in the shop a couple of times and they can't find the problem, even when I leave it over night, for slow to start when the engine is cold. It's only getting worse. I'll keep looking here to see if I can find info. I'd like to just keep running this truck as it's such a comfortable vehicle to drive on the road!
  • EddyGEddyG Posts: 1
    I've got a '95, 4 door, 4x4 that has 277,000 miles on it. No major engine repair, just worn out A/C, distributor system, and one power stearing pump, and one radiator replacement. Miles have been a combination of city, highway, towing, small amount of offroad, I don't baby it, and I'd not hesitate to get in and drive across country in it. Just regular oil change and lube. It's a good one. Hoping to get another 100,000 out of it.
  • this is my first time posting anything so here goes. I am really interested in purchasing a 2004 GMC Yukon SLT 4x4 that i've been looking at. I have a family of 5, wife and three boys. I currently have a 92 Honda Accord with about 247,000 miles on it, I love it but it is really cramped for kids as they are getting bigger. My question is what is average life in mileage in a Yukon. I am expecting it to consume a lot of gas as it is large suv, but is there anything is that i should be aware of as far as cost? I understand that if you do reagular maintenance on any vehicle it will last you a long time, but should i expect it to last as long as my accord realistically or not? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  • rshtrsht Posts: 277
    This is just my opinion... kinda long, but just want to share my experience...
    When buying an used car from an unknown source not only has to do with some luck, but also how well the vehicle has been maintained/driven by the previous owner(s) and your ability to detect any potential problems (i.e. engine/transmission/axles fluid leaks...) before deciding to buy. In this Yukon forum, I have seen several owners with 200K+ miles on their Yukons & Tahoes, and yet for some with less than 20K miles are ready for a new one (not just Yukon or Tahoe, but, also on Honda Odysseys, Toyota Siennas, Jaguas, Land Rovers.... just to name a few). I guess what I am trying to say is when shopping for an used car, expect some imperfections, regardless of brand there are always some can disappoint. As far as I can say per my experience with my Yukon Denali, its one wonderful SUV, supper smooth highway cruiser, and sure footed in snowy and icy conditions in the Chicago area. FYI, I had traded-in my 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser (TLC) for my current Yukon Denali; the Denali, in my view its much more satisfying than my TLC, only except for being a true off-road vehicle. Best wish to you in finding a reliable Yukon for your growing family. BTW, my Yukon has the 6.2L V8, its almost as highway fuel efficient as my wife's 2005 Odyssey... Best Wish!
  • We have a 98 Yukon with over 200k. We have had know major problems with it at all other then normal ware and tear items :)
  • jbrew7jbrew7 Posts: 17
    Wife and I are looking to purchase a used 07 -10 suburban or Yukon xl. Having a hard time choosing which engine. Is there that much difference in fuel economy between engines. We
    Ike the denali, but noticed in only comes in the non fuel management engine. We are only pulling a pop up tent trailer
  • bmendbmend Posts: 1
    I purchase my 2001 Yukon new directly from the GMC dealer. It had less than 10 miles on the meter when I drove it off the lot, currently I still own this vehicle and the meter now reads 314,007. I have change the tires, battery, water pump, alternator, various filters and of the course the oil at every 3000 miles. It still runs strong the oil pressure reads 60psi, it does not burn or leak oil. My air stopped blowing cold last summer and the front window motors need to be replaced. When this vehicle goes I would not hesitate to buy another 2001.
  • tireguytireguy Posts: 193
    Did you buy it? I can't say enough about the Yukon. I just turned 100k on my 04 Yukon XL SLT 4x4. I bought it brand new. I definitely didn't "baby" it, but I did take care of it. It's a Janesville, WI truck, not Mexican. And it was always garaged (except for during the three deployments I've endured during the last seven years). It's so gigantic, it only fits in my garage if I back it in and snug it against the workbench, then pull the Envoy in straight, also against the other wall, leaving an access path between the two mighty GMCs. My wife can't do that so when I went to Iraq, then Iraq again, then Afghanistn, sadly my precious Yukon had to sleep in the driveway. But I do feel that keeping it indoors does wonders to prevent those annoying electrical glitches which pop up over time. The only electrical issue I've had is the "Service 4wd." The dealer told me the push-button selector needs to be replaced, but it works fine. I think I had a tie-rod go in the first 15k miles, but GM replaced that. The 3rd brake light went out at about 90k--that wasn't cheap. And the XM radio dumps my presets sometimes. That's it! In 100k miles, which included tons of road trips between NC and PA, towing a cargo trailer full of furniture, tractors, you name it... trips to the beach, on the beach, to the mountains, in the snow... It's been a fantastic truck. I remember one time a friend of mine was in it, looked around at the leather, the space, felt the massive presence of the vehicle, and he goes, "You know, this is the nicest vehicle I've every been in." Just when you're starting to think of it as a luxury car, flip the seats down and the thing can haul two dozen sheets of plywood. With the long body (XL, Sub) there's at least two feet of cargo space BEHIND the 3rd row seat. Plenty of room for a double stroller, soccer gear, cooler, whatever. I have three kids, might have one more before the Yukon's time is done. You can't beat the truck for those road trips between NC and PA, and it's nice to not even care if there's a blizzard in the forecast. I have the 3.73s and the tow package. I took off the Bridgestone tires at just under 20k miles, put on a set of BFG All-Terrain T/As, and just replaced them with the same at 95k. That was over $1,000 at Sam's Club. Be ready for that if you buy a used one with thin tread on the tires. Hey, but that's the price you pay to be able to drive in loose sand on the beach or 2 feet of snow in the mountains. If you don't need that, buy a minivan. The only upgrade I did was to rip off the plastic running boards and replace them with Westin stainless tubes. I also added Air Ride air bags to boost the capacity of the coil springs in the rear.
    I'm 35 years old and I don't ever see myself without this truck. It will have classic plates on it one day. They just don't build em like that anymore.
    But I guarantee you I'll always have my little economy car to run around town. While the Yukon usually gets 15-17 mpg, filling that tank up is never fun, especially in times like these. $4.00 x 32 gallons = $128.00. Regardless of the price of gas, you can't fit seven people, a black lab, and 300 lbs of luggage in a VW Jetta. . ;)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,008
    edited March 2011
    Hi Tireguy, glad to see you checking in again. Good to hear that you are getting such great service out of your Yukon. And thanks for your tours! (but I still miss your tire shop stories after all these years).

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  • I currently drive every day 1993 GMC Suburban 227,000 miles. Big issues other than wear and tear was radiator at 38 months and another 34 months later but still on the 3rd 12 years later. Ingnition control module failed at 15 years with 190,000 miles. fuel pump failed at 12 years and 160,000 miles. My kids grew up in this car. Long camping vacations with popup trailer. This car is a keeper. I recently purchased a Mazda CX-9 but kept the Suburban as a daily driver to work and Home Depot/Lowes/Home Garden vehicle. I recommend buying one.
  • I just bought my 93 Yukon 4x4 last year it has 185000+ miles on it and it is still a strong good looking truck. I hope it will last as long as my favorite truck did my 80 Chevy Silverado C10 it had 397000+ miles on it before it got stolen last year.
  • gmhellmangmhellman Posts: 121
    I have 92,000 miles on my Yukon and it still is going strong. When I hit 100,000 miles I will be draining all fluids, replacing with a quality synthetic (transfer case will be GM fluid for the autotrac) as well as new wires, and iridium plugs. I will have the body gone over and have replaced the leather seat covers in the front. ( is a great website!!!) New Radio buttons and I replaced the steeing wheel with a new OEM (ebay is great). I tow a 26 foot travel trailer in the summers with this I don't baby it.

    I believe I could drive this through the 7th level of Dant'es Inferno and it would come out clean. If you have the chance to buy one do it, but make sure that it is in good repair, and garaged if possible.
  • In reply to your question on how long a 2004 GMC Yukon XL will last? My son's 2004 Yukon XL 4x4 has just past 440,000 and is doing very well in Alberta, Canada.
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